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The Trending Tropics Caribbean experimental project will be completed in Cartagena with an exhibition and a workshop for young people (11/07/2019)

The surprising presence of an articulated robot of two meters will dominate the stage of La Bar Libre of La Mar de Músicas during the performance of Trending Tropics on July 24, a night of free concerts by Repsol.

This musical symbiosis between Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic is commanded by Visitor, Calle 13, and Grammy winner Vicente García, who have created an experimental music project that will be completed in Cartagena with an exhibition at the El Batel Auditorium, with the covers that illustrate each of the songs on his album and a workshop for young people with the opportunity to create a robot with recycled materials.

A robot without gender, which in reality is an artistic installation called "Elle", moves to the rhythm of the music while projecting on its face-monitor the face of the artist who gives voice to the melody of each song.

In the words of Visitor "it is about music without a face in the selfie era that talks about the dangers and pleasures of technology".

Trending Tropics does not have a lead singer and his performances are a set of collaborations by different musicians.

Engraving between Chile, the Dominican Republic, Colombia, Puerto Rico and Spain at Trending Tropics have collaborated with Bob Marley's son, Ziggy Marley, Li Saumet, vocalist of the Colombian electropop group Bomba Estéreo;

Pucho, by Vetusta Morla;

the Afro-Colombian singer Nidia Góngora, and iLe, the sister of Cabra Martínez who sang for a decade with Calle 13.

But not only each song is unique, but also the 14 covers that illustrate them.

A graphic set designed by Alberto González Arellanos that can be seen in the El Batel auditorium starting on July 22.

Some of these objects are directly related to technology and others to society but all of them are visually framed in monochromatic spaces in order to focus attention only on them and on the idea that they want to transmit with each song.

Technology and society will also be the theme of the workshop "Stop plastics, start science and art", organized by La Mar de Músicas within its children's section La Mar Chica.

Jesús Gómez, artistic director of the "Elle" robot, will participate in the workshop.

With Jesús Gómez, who will participate in the workshop on July 23, the workshop participants will have the opportunity to hold a session of creative management of discarded materials and will work in groups and through the communication of ingenious ideas to build their own "Elle".

The workshop will be held between July 23 and 25 at the Polytechnic University of Cartagena and registration to participate is still open through the festival website.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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